If you above the age of forty, hypertensive, have high blood pressure or a poor lipid profile, you may have been prescribed statins. A statin works to reduce the cholesterol in your body. It does this by reducing the production of cholesterol in your liver. Specifically, statins inhibit the enzyme HMG CoA Reductase that is used to make cholesterol. Your doctor is attempting to control the build up of plaque in your body which can clog your arteries and ultimately lead to angina, heart stroke or heart attack.
Statins are not trouble free as they may result in pins and needles, bloating, muscle pain, inflammation of the muscle, liver damage or even rising blood sugar which increases the risk of Type II Diabetes. If you already suffer from an impaired liver, you might want to speak to a doctor before you take statins, as statins work directly to affect the functioning of your liver. They are therefore prescribed only for those who have significantly elevated levels of cholesterol, especially your LDL or bad cholesterol.
If you are smart, you would obviously worry about what caused cholesterol in the first place. While there is still some debate on whether dietary cholesterol (cholesterol in eggs for example) causes elevated cholesterol, it is widely accepted that saturated fat, trans-fats, and processed sugar cause build up in your body. Therefore, you are far better off addressing your lifestyle and nutrition either in addition to or as a means to balance your lipid profile. In my case, when I started, I had elevated LDL (bad stuff) low HDL (good stuff) and elevated triglycerides. Over the course of the past two years, I have completely reversed this and now have high HDL, low LDL, and low triglycerides. All of this without any medication. There is no reason why you can’t benefit too.